The lectionary inspires us Lenten penitents with the story of Abraham, the spiritual ancestor of those who learn to relate to God by faith instead of imperfect human obedience or heredity.
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This last week of Advent, as we prepare in our lectionary for the coming of our Savior, we come across Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18, in which we long for the restoring hand of the promised messianic king. Jesus alone fulfills those hopes both now and in eternity, and as we experience his restoring power, we his people become the means by which others get to the see the undeniable hope of the he King who once came in humility but will soon come in glory.
This week the lectionary has us rejoicing in the words of Psalm 146 (beginning with 4 in the Book of Common Prayer). In it we find a God whose creative actions, dependable character, compassion for the poor and outcast, intolerance for wicked ways, and boundless reign make him worthy of all the praise we can give! So rejoice this Gaudete Sunday! Again, I say, rejoice!
This Second Week in Advent, what do you expect from those who govern you? In Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19, the Psalmist is looking for someone who seems to be fully human and fully divine. I only know one King who fits that description. Don’t settle for second best!
As we start Advent, Psalm 122 is placed within our readings, to encourage to gather, to do so joyfully, and to seek the good of those in God’s household both in prayer and action. May we ready our hearts for our Coming King!
Among the lessons for Thanksgiving, I am grateful for Psalm 100 and how it reminds me of the faithful God worthy of thanks and praise. I am also thankful for serving a church that still upholds the tradition of worshiping to better prepare our hearts for the joy and feasting we’ll share tomorrow.
Playing a bit of catch up after a busy run from All Saints into Diocesan Convention to our our Election Day Spaghetti Dinner at the church. So here’s two sermons (plus links to the readings) for your spiritual edification. Blessings!
All Saints readings & sermon:
Proper 27 readings & sermon:
Since at St Francis we typically observe the Transfiguration feast day in August, I opted for the 5th Sunday after Epiphany readings (for those of you who are more lectionarily-oriented); you can read them here. As we finish our journey through the psalms over Epiphany, I hope you find out for yourself that God’s salvation in Christ Jesus shows up right on time.